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The knife is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


A simple chef's knife with low melee damage. Extremely common to the point of being cheap clutter. It is one of the required components in the crafting of the weapon binding ritual in the Honest Hearts add-on. Its availability and low cost makes it ideal for repairing higher-ended one-handed melee weapons with the Jury Rigging perk. It is also a (basic) holdout weapon, and so can be brought into areas where weapons are restricted regardless of the character's sneak skill.

Special attack

It has a special Back Slash attack that does 70% damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 4 fewer action points (requires a Melee skill of 50).

Type of attackSkill requiredDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Action point costDamage per action point
Back Slash5011.2160.7
Note: Melee weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

It is possible to execute Back Slash outside of V.A.T.S. (without the required Melee skill of 50 to perform the move) by initiating a power attack (hold attack button) while moving forward.


The knife can successfully strike about 745 times from full condition before breaking.



  • In the Gourmand's kitchen area, several larger knives can be found, however their size does not change when equipped. If dropped it will remain the same size; if picked up and dropped again it will revert to the normal size.


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